United Way of Broome County has undergone a two year process of shifting to a Community Impact business model, which is a change in how we interact with our funded programs and with the community. The Community Impact business model is driven by our mission to lead sustainable improvements in community conditions by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way does this by bringing together organizations, people and resources to focus on critical issues with the goal of making progress through collaborative, coordinated efforts.

Since 2013, United Way staff and volunteers have utilized the Harwood Institute’s Community Conversations model to turn outward to gain public knowledge. We have held over 60 community conversations and convened several additional forums to engage a diverse array of community members and institutional partners, learn about their community aspirations and challenges, and gain public knowledge. United Way is committed to getting results on community issues by basing decisions on this public knowledge as we implement the Community Impact business model. The progression to our new Funding Investment Framework and our development of Community Investment Strategies can be found on our Community Impact Report.

United Way is ready to take action on what Broome County residents feel is most important by focusing its next funding cycle on three community priorities.
The community priorities we will fund through this new Request for Proposals (RFP) are:

A. Families are nurturing and economically stable.
B. Youth are prepared to live, learn, work, and contribute.
C. Seniors are healthy and safe.

We are currently accepting applications for our next funding cycle. If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way of Broome County, please download our RFP for instructions and eligibility and our application. For any questions, please contact Shelbi DuBord.

We will also hold two public information meetings to offer organizations an opportunity to learn more about the grant program and eligibility requirements, and will offer a chance to ask questions. Both meetings will be held at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13901 in the Decker Room on January 18, 2017 10:00-11:00am and January 25, 2017 10:00-11:00am. To register for one of the information sessions, please email Alexis Savidge at

In addition to the public information meetings, United Way will host two Grant Writing Workshops for organizations interested in applying. The workshops will be identical, and will be held at the United Way of Broome County Board Room, 101 Jensen Rd, Vestal NY 13850. Workshop #1 will be held Friday, February 3rd from 10am-12pm and Workshop #2 will be held Friday, February 17th from 12pm-2pm. They will be instructed by Shelbi DuBord, Director of Community Initiatives and Planning and Dai Korba, Grant Writer for the Village of Johnson City and will cover details about the Community Priorities Grant Program RFP as well as general proposal writing tips and tools. To register for one of the grant writing workshops, please RSVP to Alexis Savidge at Space is limited and registration will be limited to 1-2 participants from an organization.  

Applicants are encouraged to call Shelbi DuBord, Director of Community Initiatives and Planning at 607-240-2014 with any questions about the RFP.